Minimum Chemical Gardening

Minimum Chemical Gardening

Organic Gardening
Public concern over the use and misuse of pesticides has led increasing numbers of home gardeners to seek means of "natural" pest control. Although some people do not have the time or knowledge to practice all the available alternative methods for controlling pests, there are many cultural practices which will help reduce losses. You can learn to use minimum chemical gardening! Soil conditions affect pest populations. Maintain a slightly acid soil (around pH 6.5). Appropriate pH allows vegetable plants to have access to all the necessary soil nutrients and provides a suitable environments for earthworms and microorganisms. Follow recommended fertilizer practices. Supplement fertilizers with organic material or compost to help assure that all trace elements are available, as well as major nutrients. "Feed" the soil, not just the plants; providing…
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